People at each box really grow to love one another. We have to. We share too much blood, sweat, tears and the occasional emesis to remain distant. We have stories of tragedy and triumph, perseverance and limitation, and we share these with each other and allow CrossFit to be part of healing or growing. We love our coaches, who are skilled personal trainers and take us through highs and lows every day.
And, since CrossFit is more about competing against one’s self than against others, people are friendly and encouraging. I want the woman WODing next to me to do well just as much as I want to do well.
Unlike any other gym I’ve ever known, CrossFit yields meaningful human interaction and scores of life lessons. Climbing on an elliptical machine or jogging around my 3-mile block never did that for me.
CrossFit has taught me a lot about life, particularly how to tighten up and get things done. What I appreciate most about CrossFit — and you can tell many things about it wow me — is how so much of it mirrors how to tackle everyday challenges.
Most every workout I come away with yet another lesson. It might only be, “No matter what, don’t ever do THAT again,” but it’s always something.
Here are a few more:
• You’re capable of more than you think you are. Period. It’s human default to look at any given challenge and be sure you cannot handle it. But, likely, you can. There is, of course, a threshold we all have where we — for real — cannot do any more, but I have found that threshold is much higher than I believed it to be.
• “Just keep moving” is a fine approach to take. During WODs I think this. Even if I’m super slow, I make sure to move. So many things in life it would be easy to stop, quit, give up. But if you just keep moving, you’ll get there eventually. I haven’t quit a WOD yet, though I have seriously considered it.